‘GIVE US BILJI-PAANI BEFORE YOU TALK ABOUT BILLS’
Power thefts, erratic water supply and unsafe buildings are key concerns for Delhi voters
As Delhi votes today, HT Estates speaks to residents from across the Capital ab o u t t h e p r o b - lems they face in their areas. South Delhi, home to the rich and the famous, has its share of problems that range from inflated water bills, poorly maintained roads and sewerage systems, inadequate garbage disposal and traffic congestion. Residents hope that the new government that comes to power will find solutions to issues ranging from water supply of just 15 minutes daily to inadequate toilet facilities for domestic helpers.
Garbage disposal systems, too, are not adequate and garbage collected at home is dumped at various points on pavements, say south Delhi residents.
Central Delhi has its share of problems, too. Trough the Metro has eased traffic woes to a large extent, traffic congestion remains a bother. Lack of proper parking spaces, inadequate power supply and poor condition of roads are other issues that need to be addressed. Strict action should be taken against people for spitting and littering on roads, especially in areas like Paharganj, Motia Khan and Sadar Thana Road, locals say.
People living in north Delhi are bothered by acute traffic congestion and narrow roads. Santhosh Kumar, CEO – operations and international director, JLL India, says: “As far as infrastructure is concerned, north Delhi faces traffic congestion issues similar to most other parts of Delhi.
The high commuter traffic and massive number of heavy vehicles running on NH1 are the primary contributors to this issue. With the completion of the Urban Extension Roads UER I and UER II, traffic congestion in these areas will get some respite, as quite a bit of the excessive traffic will get diverted.”
Residents also demand an infrastructure that could take the burden of the growing population. “Till a few years ago, areas like Rohini, Pitampura had open spaces but now, even these places are crowded. Besides meeting the housing requirements, the new government should also focus on other issues like adequate parking spaces, road connectivity, more specialty hospitals etc,” says Dr Aruna Choudhry, an RWA member from Ashok Vihar.
West Delhi faces the worst possible power outages in summer. There have been several incidents of power thefts whereby antisocial elements from unauthorised colonies and jhuggis have diverted power lines from the poles to suit their interests.
East Delhi suffers from problems related to unauthorised construction and absence of civic amenities in the unauthorised-regularised colonies not to mention unsafe structures.Delhi has approximately 32 lakh buildings of which the majori share falls in east Delhi. As high as 90% of these buildings in east Delhi do not adhere to structural safety norms and are therefore vulnerable to natural disasters.
An earthquake measuring 6 or more on the Richter scale can lead to a disaster of unimaginable proportions in the city, say structural safety experts. The need of the hour is an authority that has the power to stop unauthorised expansion in east Delhi.